Dr. Philip R. Weinstein is a neurosurgeon who directs UCSF’s surgery program for neurological disorders of the spine. He is involved in diagnosing and managing spondylosis (painful degeneration of the vertebral discs) and stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), whether in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. He is also interested in managing spinal cord and vertebral tumors, with a particular focus on using microsurgery techniques to preserve neurological function.

In research, Weinstein investigates aftereffects of spine and brain injury, looking at characteristics of focal cerebral ischemia and reperfusion (when blood flow is restored to an area after a period of inadequacy), neurogenesis (growth of new nerve cells) and restoration of function. He studies these processes at the molecular level and as imaged with magnetic resonance technology.

Weinstein earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency at UCSF. He was a neurosurgeon at Loma Linda University Health and the University of Arizona before returning to UCSF in 1982.

  • Education

    New York University School of Medicine, 1965

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery, 1967

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Neurological Surgery, 1971

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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Clinics I work with

Neurosurgery Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Spine Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143